Chester Town Hall


Below is a brief history of Chester Town Hall. Town Hall was built in 1884. It was in 1883 when talk became serious about building a town hall. There was debate where town hall should be built. Some thought it … Continued

The time capsule


Last week, I wrote about John Leon Spaulding’s donation of family diaries to the Chester Historical Society. I estimated there were close to 100. Well, we counted them and there are 120. Below is a story made possible by selecting … Continued

What’s in a diary?


Keeping a diary in the 1800s into the 1900s was a common practice. Most every farmer kept a diary in those days. Many of these diaries record such things as: daily temperature, cut firewood today, boiled today, planted corn, went … Continued

John Stark Day at Fort at No. 4 in Charlestown

john stark day

CHARLESTOWN, N.H. – Join us for John Stark Day on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fort at No. 4 in Charlestown. During the American Revolution, Charlestown was an assembly point for 1,500 Colonial troops under … Continued

Down the River, Lowell Lake photos exhibits at Custer Sharp House


LONDONDERRY, Vt. – Londonderry Arts and Historical Society’s summer history exhibit opens Saturday, June 22. “Down the River” explores the properties along the West River before the Ball Mountain Dam was built. “Lowell Lake,” where Londonderry’s first home sites were … Continued

A Jeffrey barn plan


The Chester town-owned property commonly referred to today as the Jeffrey barn needs to be torn down. I have a plan for this property. Here I propose a few things that could be done immediately for very little money using … Continued

Salmon pea wiggle


Today, we have refrigerators to keep our food from spoiling. In the old days, keeping foods fresh was difficult. To my knowledge it wasn’t until the 1860s when the first ice-chests appeared. These ice-chests resemble an antique carpenter’s toolbox. Ice … Continued

Quilts, crafts and more at the Athens Brick Meetinghouse


ATHENS, Vt. – The Athens Brick Meetinghouse Committee, in conjunction with the Athens Historic Preservation Society, will be hosting a Quilt Show & Craft Fair at the 1817 Brick Meetinghouse in Athens, Vt. This event will be Saturday, June 22 … Continued

The old sage


Last week Ted Spaulding and I made a trip to Weston. Ted lived in Weston from 1937 to 1941 with his ancestors living there long before him. The Patches were also early settlers in Weston. Both families would have known … Continued

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